In America, almost 1 million farmers – or about 30 percent of all U.S. farmers – are women. In Loudoun County, the percentage is higher: almost 36 percent of Loudoun farmers are women.

The 500+ women leading Loudoun’s agriculture industry are invited to the Virginia Agri-Women’s regional meeting on Tuesday, June 20 from 2-4 p.m. at Dominion Tea in Purcellville.

“The state chapter is hosting regional events throughout Virginia to encourage membership growth and networking among women in agriculture,” explained Economic Development’s Cassie Walls, who manages the Virginia chapter of the American Agri-Women organization.

The June 20 event in Loudoun is free and open to women farmers from across the commonwealth.

“We’d love to see participation from any woman who works on a farm located anywhere between the Potomac River and West Virginia,” Walls said.

Women who are interested in attending should RSVP by calling 703-737-8458, or by emailing Cassie.Walls@Loudoun.gov.

“Women-run businesses, whether those businesses are farms or I.T. startups, are an essential piece of Loudoun’s $21 billion economy,” said Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer. “We’re here to do whatever we can to help Loudoun farms and other businesses succeed.”

 

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